• George S. Rousseau (Oxford):
  • 'Nervous Energies, Structural Forms, and Pictures in the Mind: Confronting the Language of the Soul'
  • more...

Nothing in the body-mind debates of the last few decades, or its cultural reconfigurations of the body, has been more contested than the brain and nervous system: anatomically, physiologically and throughout evolution. Commentators from disparate backgrounds and cultures agree about little but concur that body-mind interaction cannot be omitted from discussions of the human condition. George Rousseau's book Nervous Acts (2004) aimed to historicize these concerns by consulting the longue dureé of brain in history.

George Rousseau has been a Professor at UCLA and Regius Professor in Scotland. He is currently a member of the Faculty of Modern History at Oxford University and Co-Director of the Oxford University Centre for the History of Childhood. Further biographical information is found at:

Ute Berns is currently acting professor of English Literature and Culture at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. She has previously held positions at the Technical University of Berlin and in the interdisciplinary research project ‚Cultures of Performance’ at the Free University of Berlin, where she also took her PhD and obtained her Habilitation. Her publictions include Mikropolitik im Englischen Gegenwartsdrama (Micropolitics in Contemporary English Drama 1997), The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes (2007, co-edited with Michael Bradshaw) and the edited collection Solo Performances: Staging the Early Modern Self (Rodopi, forthcoming in 2009). Her current interests are in British and German political and scientific discourses from 1750-1850, historical constructions of subjectivity in Romanticism and the 20th century as well as Early Modern discourses of interiority and science.

Sladja Blazan is an Alexander von Humboldt postdoc researcher at the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt University. She has spent two years at New York University as a visiting scholar, where she was teaching and researching haunting and ghostliness in American literature and culture. She received her Ph.D. in English and American Literary and Cultural Studies from Humboldt University Berlin after completing her M.A. studies in Berlin, New York and Dublin. Before coming to New York, next to her position as a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin she has worked as a theater dramaturge. Her publications include a monograph on post-socialist literature entitled American Fictionary: Postsocialist Migration in American Literature (Heidelberg: Winter, 2006), an edited collection entitled Ghost, Gender, History: Ghost Stories and Alternative Histories (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), as well as various articles on migration, sexuality, death and race in the Anglo-American and German art and literary discourses. She is currently working on a monograph on ghostly figures in 19. ct. American literature.

Department of Art History and Communication Studies,
McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke Street West - Office W-293,
Montreal, QC, H3A 2T6 CANADA 001.514.271.6298


Ph.D. in History of Art, European Art of the Modern Age
Dissertation: Caspar David Friedrich and the Subterranean Cultures of Romantic Science and Technology
Supervisors: Joseph Leo Koerner and David Bindman
Examiners: William Vaughan and Charlotte Klonk (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, History of 19th and 20th Century Art
RICARDO XIMENES STUDIO, Master Printmaker of Intaglio
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, BFA (with distinction), Painting and Printmaking,
Hons. Minor in East Asian Studies


McGill University, Montreal, Visiting Professor of Art History - 2008-present
University of New Mexico Assistant Professor of Art History, - 2007-2008
University College London, Department of History of Art, Lecturer - 2004-2007
Kent Institute of Art and Design, Visual Theory Lecturer, Dissertation Supervisor, - 2003-2006
University of New Mexico, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, - 1998-2002


Postgraduate Research Award, Graduate School, University of London - 2005
Wharton Award, University College London, History of Art, - 2005
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Research Award - 2004
The Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation Grant - 2001
Gill Foundation Grant - 2000
Research Grant, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico - 1999
American Association of University Women, Grant Award, Washington, D.C. - 1997

Selected Presentations, Papers, Conferences

‘British Photographers in Paris, 1920s,’ The Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico, 2008.

‘Rodolphe Bresdin: A Picture of Cogitating Urschleim,’ The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Dactyl Foundation and New York University, New York, November 2006.

'Picturing the Development of Time: Do Rocks Experience Desire?' The Strang Print Room, University College London, March, 2006.

‘Underground Signs of Medicine and Science: Doctors and Miners Working the Depths,’ Visiting Lecture at Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2006.

‘Baudrillard and the Communicants,’ Reading Spiritualities: Constructing and Representing Spiritualities through the Medium of Text: Sacred, Literary and Visual, Conference at the Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University [UK], January 2006.

‘Max Beckmann: Herald for a Romanticised Carnival,’ Twentieth-Century Romantics, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, School of Advanced Study, May, 2005.

‘Redeeming the Archive,’ George Rodgers Theatre, Kent Institute of Art and Design, April, 005.

‘German Romantic Literature, C.D. Friedrich, and the Ideology of a New Geological Historicism,’ Contested Ground: Defining Historical Landscape, Symposium at the Yale Center for British Art, January 2005.

‘Elliptical Worlds: Oscillations in Landscape,’ Annual Conference of The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Duke University, October 2004.

‘Caspar David Friedrich: Physio-Philosophical Topography,’ Department of History of Art, University College London, October 2004.

‘Pansophist: the Preparatory Thought of Max Beckmann Apparent in the Jahrmarkt (1922) Print Cycle,’ Association for Art Historians Conference, London, April, 2003.

The Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Collection of American Prints, Symposium Panel Organizer, Public Lecture – Documenting Space, Albuquerque Museum of Art, October 2001.

Selected Publications

Three papers have been submitted and are currently being considered by international journals.

‘The Subversion of Allegory through an Entrance to a Mine,’ ‘Two Heads: Anachronistic Representations in Caspar David Friedrich’s Harzhöhle,’ and ‘Ridiculous: Max Beckmann, Romantic Theory, and Dostoevsky’s Donkey’

‘Emanation and Return: Archive as Liberator,’ afterimage: a journal of media arts and cultural criticism, vol. 35, no. 3, (November, 2007).

‘Notes on an Indulgence,’ Vertigo Magazine, volume 3, no. 6 (Summer 2007).

‘Painted Nature -19th century landscape,’ article in Encyclopedia of World History, (Oxford and Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO), 2008.

‘Retrieval and Transmittal in a Fictive Photographic Experience,’ in Johnson and the 33 Confessors, Los Angeles and London, 2007.

‘Caspar David Friedrich: Physio-philosophical Topography,’ in Object Journal, No. 7, London, 2005.

‘A Tale of Two Feasts,’ Exhibition Catalogue Essay for FEAST, in the Greenhouse Series, No. 2, Kent Institute of Art and Design, 2005.

‘Max Beckmann: London, Paris, New York, and Essen,’ in Object Journal, No. 6, London, 2004.

‘Print Culture: A Barometer of Human Activity,’ Anderson Collection of American Graphic Arts, The Albuquerque Museum, 2001.

Work in Progress

Book in progress: Caspar David Friedrich: The Hut and the Vault

Non-Western Religious Traditions and the Spiritual Idiom of German Painting 1785-1825. The research examines a specific model of spiritual development evident in the work of the German Romantic Painting, taking into consideration probable influences from non-Western religious traditions newly available through the scholarship and translation efforts of their contemporaries.

Rites of Nature: The Lithographs of Rodolphe Bresdin and the Ethos of Forestry. I argue that the printed work of Bresdin is a proto-eco-critical response to emerging sylvicultural practice in Europe and expeditionary voyages of his day – he is a creator of Lamarckian landscapes as well as the visual synthesizer of Darwin’s biological world. Bresdin situated his invented zoophytes in primeval marshes and verdant forests imbuing them with consciousness of the kind proposed by Gustav Theodor Fechner in his Elemente der Psychophysik (1860); thus his work is a catachrestic reflection of generative thought.


German, Spanish, French

Antje Dallmann ist Lehrbeauftragte (ab Januar 2009 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Sie hat 2007 zum New York-Roman der Gegenwart promoviert.
Zu ihren Forschungsschwerpunkten zählt die visuelle Kultur der Stadt, Stadtliteratur; Repräsentationen von Medizin und Medizinern im Wandel.
Letzte Veröffentlichungen:
ConspiraCity New York: Perspektiven der Großstadtbetrachtung zwischen Paranoia und Selbstermächtigung im amerikanischen Gegenwartsroman. Heidelberg: Winter, erscheint vorauss. 2008.
(Mit Reinhard Isensee und Philipp Kneis.) Picturing America: Trauma, Realism, Politics and Identity in American Visual Culture. Frankfurt/M. u.a.: Lang, 2007.
(Mit Günter H. Lenz und Friedrich Ulfers.) Toward a New Metropolitanism: Reconstituting Public Culture, Urban Citizenship, and the Multicultural Imaginary in New York and Berlin. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006

Ben took his undergraduate degree in English at Durham University and a Master's in Modern Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, where he wrote a dissertation on James Joyce under the supervision of Steven Connor. After that, he moved to the London Consortium ( where he is currently writing a PhD on the conceptual relations between 'law' and 'life' in literature and science c.1800. He has an essay on the function of narration in Hegel's early writings forthcoming in a collection published by de Gruyter."

Having completed my PhD on Frances Burney and the Female Bildungsroman at the University of Münster in 2004, I have been a PostDoc lecturer and researcher (Wiss. Mit.) at the University of Greifswald (Anglistik/Amerikanistik) since 2005. My recent research interests and publications concern Enlightenment women such as Queen Charlotte, the bluestockings, and, of course, Frances Burney.

Amina Grunewald, born in Berlin, Germany, attended Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Goldsmiths College, University of London, taught German in Southern France, and received a M.A. degree in British/American Studies, French Studies and Educational Studies. Her special interests of study focus on post/neo-colonialism and multicultural settings in English and American literatures, films and communities in general. Amina Grunewald is a happy Humboldt alumna and is currently working for the HGF and on occasion as a freelancer.

PD Dr. Christoph Heyl studied English and History at the Universities of Frankfurt and Reading. He spent several years in London (affiliated to the German Historical Institute and the School of Advanced Studies, University of London) to do research for his Ph.D. and Habilitation. His Ph.D. thesis was on the rise of the private sphere in 18th century London and its effects on the novel, early journalism and English art. His Habilitation was on writing and collecting in the long 17th century (cabinets of curiosities and texts by Browne, Marvell and others; literature and early science). Christoph Heyl’s current major research project is a study of German- and Yiddish-speaking immigrants and refugees in London and the literature of migration and exile, 1848-1945. He is also working on the pre-history of English crime fiction, and he is in the process of writing a book on the literary and cultural history of London.
Christoph Heyl is currently Vertretungsprofessor (Professur für englische Literatur und Kultur) at the University of Regensburg. He is affiliated to a number of learned societies and research institutes (fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, visiting fellow at the Centre for Metropolitan History, University of London, the German Historical Institute, London, and the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, University of London; associate member of the Georg Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin).

Birgit Kaiser is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. She studied sociology and comparative literature in Bochum, Madrid, London, and Bielefeld, and received her PhD in comparative literature from New York University. Her main research interests are literatures of the 18th to 20th century, the intersection between literature and philosophy, and literary theory. Her current research projects focus on the historical co-emergence of modern literature with the critical and the clinical around 1800, and on the shifted literary topologies this epistemological constellation calls forth. Recent publications include Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville, SUNY Press, forthcoming 2009; “Falte. Die Implikation des Literarischen.” In Latenz. 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff, eds. Stefanie Diekmann and Thomas Khurana, Kadmos 2007, 67-72; “Two Floors of Thinking – the Aesthetics of Deleuze’s ‘The Fold’.” In Deleuze’s The Fold. A Reader, eds. Sjoerd van Tuinen, Niamh McDonnell, Palgrave MacMillan 2009; “Lebensexperimente bei Kleist und Coleridge. Von Kritik und Klinik in der Romantik.” In Biopolitische Konstellationen, ed. Maria Muhle and Kathrin Thiele, August Verlag, forthcoming 2009.

Ulrike Kristina Köhler (Lüneburg)

1973Born in Böblingen
1995 Abitur at the Carl-Strehl-Schule of the Blindenstudienanstalt in Marburg
1995 Start at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt
Major subject: German literary studies
Minor subjects: English literary studies - Italian literary studies
1997/1998 Erasmus-exchange student in Birmingham
1998/1999 Student representative at the department of Romance studies
1999/2000 Erasmus-exchange student in Genoa
2003 Asta-representative for students with handicaps
2005 Graduation
Grade: one
Title of the master thesis:
Riesen – Hausfrauen – Aristokraten:
Zu den Stereotypen in den Harry Potter-Romanen.
Supervisor: Mrs. Prof. Emer O’Sullivan
2005 Start of the phd-project at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg at the department for English studies
Title of the phd-thesis:
Zum Verhältnis von nationaler Identität und literarischen Gattungen. Eine imagologische Studie von Eigen- und Fremdbildern in Texten der englischen Romantik.
Supervisor: Mrs. Prof. Emer O’Sullivan
2007 Start of the Leuphana phd-scholarship


Köhler, Ulrike Kristina: Gezähmtes Naturkind und dankbarer Sklave. Figurenstereotypen in den Harry Potter-Romanen. In: Ewers, Hans-Heino (ed.): Kinder- und Jugend- Literatur-forschung Frankfurt. Aus der Arbeit des Instituts und der Bibliothek für Kinder- und Jugend-buchforschung. Heft 2/2005, p. 20–24.

Wissenschaftliche Tätigkeiten

Seit Jun. 2008
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
an der katholisch-theologischen Fakultät, Lehrstuhl für Philosophisch-Theologische Grenzfragen (Emmy Noether-Gruppe)


Apr. 2005 – Nov. 2008
Promotion zum Dr. phil. (Universität zu Köln)
Dissertation: Enzyklopädische Anthropologien. Formierungen des Wissens vom Menschen im frühen 19. Jahrhundert bei G. H. Schubert, H. Steffens und G. E. Schulze (Note: summa cum laude)

Mär. 2005 Magister Artium (Universität zu Köln)
HF: Dt. Philologie, NF: Philosophie, NF: Theater- Film- und Fernseh-wissenschaft (Durchschnittsnote 1,1)

2002 - 2005 Universität zu Köln
Deutsche Philologie, Philosophie, Theater-, Film- und Fernsehwissen- schaft

1999 - 2002 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft, mmunikationswissen- schaft, Theaterwissenschaft, Philosophie


10/2001 Master studies at the University of Leipzig
(German, English, Journalism)
7/2006 Master´s degree at the University of Leipzig
12/2006 PhD studies at the University of Leipzig
(Institut für Germanistik, Professor Ludwig Stockinger)
PhD thesis:
„Medialität in Dramen der Aufklärung und des Sturm und Drang“
10/2008: “Focus on German Studies” (University of Cincinnati)
“Wir können Geschriebenes nicht gut lesen” Mediality and the individual in 18th century German drama
1/2009: “Life writing” - British Society for 18th century Studies (University of Oxford)
Beyond the epistolary novel - Mediality and the letter in 18th century German tragedy


Since 2003 PhD Programme in English Philology
Topic of the Dissertation: Mantics in English Renaissance Drama
Presumably finishing summer 2009
1996 – 2002 Master of Arts at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Major: English Literature
Minors: English Language - Medieval and modern history
1998 – 1999 University of Aberdeen
Exchange with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
1987 – 1996 Städtisches Anno-Gymnasium (Grammar School), Siegburg
Graduated with the Abitur (A-Levels) in 1996

Work Experience

Since 2005 Research and Teaching Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)
Department of English (Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie)
Since 2005 Academic Teacher (Lehrbeauftragte) at the Studium Universale (Open University)
Courses of English, University of Bonn
Since 2004 English Teacher (Lehrbeauftragte) at the Fachhochschule Rhein-Sieg (University of Applied Sciences)
2003 – 2005 Academic Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft) for Prof. Uwe Baumann, English Dept
2002 – 2003 German Assistant Teacher at St. Peter’s School in York
2000 – 2002 Student Assistant at the Library of the English department,
University of Bonn, employed by Prof. Karl Reichl

Professor in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
School of English, Politics, and Contemporary History, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, UK.
Email: T +44 (0)161 295 5000 | F +44 (0) 161 295 5999


University of Liverpool

  • 1995–99 Ph.D. thesis, ‘P. B. Shelley and the Science of Life’
  • 1994–95 M.A. degree in English Renaissance and Romantic Literature
  • 1991–94 B.A. (hons) degree in English Language and Literature (First Class)

University of Wales, Bangor

  • 2003 Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction)


  • 2008–present University of Salford: Professor in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • 2006–2008 Keele University: Senior Lecturer in English; Programme Director for Media, Communications and Culture
  • 2000–2006 University of Wales, Bangor: Lecturer in English Literature




  • Shelley and Vitality, monograph (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2005), ISBN 1403918244, 229pp
  • Romanticism, Introductions to British Literature and Culture series (Continuum Press, 2007), ISBN 082648882X, 165pp.



  • ‘Natural Rights and Natural History in Anna Barbauld and Mary Wollstonecraft’, Essays and Studies, ed. by Sharon Ruston, 61 (2008), 53–71
  • ‘Shelley’s Links to the Midlands’ Enlightenment: Adam Walker and James Keir’, special edition of the British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 30: 2 (July 2007), 227–242
  • ‘Vegetarianism and Vitality in the Work of Thomas Forster, William Lawrence and P. B. Shelley’, Keats-Shelley Journal, 54 (2005), 113–32
  • ‘“Natural enemies in science, as well as in politics”: Romanticism and scientific conflict’, Romanticism, 11.1 (2005), 70–83
  • ‘Resurrecting Frankenstein’, Keats-Shelley Review, 19 (2005), 97–116
  • ‘One of the “Modern Sceptics”: Reappraising Shelley’s Medical Education’, Romanticism, 9.1 (2003), 1–19


  • ‘Authority and Imposture: William Godwin and the Animal Magnetists’, in Liberating Medicine, ed. by Tristanne Connolly and Stephen Clark, Enlightenment and the World Series (Pickering and Chatto, 2009)
  • ‘The Application of Natural History to Poetry’, Liverpool University Centre for Poetry and Science, (forthcoming)
  • ‘Teaching Gender and Sexuality’, in Teaching Romanticism, Teaching the New English Series, ed. David Higgins and Sharon Ruston (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)



  • ‘Literature and Science’, special edition of Essays and Studies, ed. by Sharon Ruston, 61 (2008), including ‘Introduction, pp. 1–13
  • The Influence and Anxiety of the British Romantics: Spectres of Romanticism, ed. by Sharon Ruston (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999), including ‘Introduction’, pp. xv–xxiv


  • Teaching Romanticism, Teaching the New English Series, ed. David Higgins and Sharon Ruston (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).


British Association for Romantic Studies

  • 2007– Vice-President of BARS
  • 1999–2007: Treasurer and Membership Secretary of BARS
  • 1998–2005: Creator and moderator of the original BARS website ( and the BARS electronic listserv

Helga Schwalm studied English, German, and Education at Hamburg University. Since 2002, she has been Professor of English Literature at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. Her publications include Dekonstruktion im Roman. Erzähltechnische Verfahren und Selbstreflexion in den Romanen von Vladimir Nabokov und Samuel Beckett (Heidelberg: Winter 1991), Das eigene und das fremde Leben. Biographische Identitätsentwürfe in der englischen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts (Würzburg: K &N, 2007), articles on twentieth-century literature, literary theory, and eighteenth-century life writing.

Juniorprofessorin for Modern German Literature at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald; Summer Term 2009 Research Fellow at the IFK in Vienna; Spring 2007 Max-Kade-Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois/US; 2003-2006 Wiss. Mitarbeiterin at the Germanistisches Institut/Universität Münster; 2000-2003 Wiss. Mitarbeiterin at the Institut für deutsche Philologie/HU Berlin; PhD in 2002 with a study on crime and literature in the Weimar Republik (published under the title: »Böse Lust«. Gewaltverbrechen in Diskursen der Weimarer Republik, Köln 2005). 1997 Magister in German Literature, Political Science and Psychology at the FU Berlin.
Fields of Research: Visual Poetics in 17th and 18th Century; Law, crime and Literature; discourse analysis; Gender Theory; Modern Literature and Culture (esp. Weimar Republik)
Latest Publications: Giftige Gabe(n) – Medea als heroisch-dämonische Giftmischerin. In: Nike Bätzner; Matthias Dreyer (Hgg.): Medeamorphosen. München 2009 (forthcoming in summer);– Die literarische Eroberung des Alls. E. Chr. Kindermanns »Geschwinde Reise mit dem Lufft=Schiff nach der obern Welt«. In: Die Sterne lügen nicht. Astrologie und Astronomie im Mittelalter und in der Frühen Neuzeit. Hg. v. Christian Heitzmann. Wolfenbüttel 2008, S. 234-250;– Mediologie des Blicks. Ordnungen der Sichtbarkeit bei Grimmelshausen. In: TEXT+KRITIK. Zeitschrift für Literatur. Sonderband: Grimmelshausen. München 2008, S. 51-68.

Sprang, Felix, Dr. phil., Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (post-doc) am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik der Universität Hamburg. Studium der Biologie, Philosophie und Anglistik an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt a. M. und der Universität Hamburg. Aby Warburg Scholar am Warburg Institute der University of London. Forschungsaufenthalte in Oxford und London.

Forschungsschwerpunkte: Wissenskulturen der frühen Neuzeit, Kulturtheorie im englisch-deutschen Kontext: Carlyle und Warburg, Denkformen der volta in der englischen Lyrik.

Publikationen zum Themenfeld Literatur und Wissenschaft:

  • Trite and fruitlesse Rhapsodies? The rise of a new genre in the light of national identity: vernacular science writing in Early Modern England.« Anglia 124, 3 (2006): 449-473.
  • Londons Fountaine of Arts and Sciences. Bildliche und theatrale Vermittlungsinstanzen naturwissenschaftlichen Denkens im frühneuzeitlichen London (Anglistische Forschungen 381) Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2008.
  • Tristram Shandy und die Anthropologia nova – Systematik in Literatur und Medizin.« Sandra Richter und Nicolas Pethes (eds.): Medizinische Schreibweisen. Ausdifferenzierung und Transfer zwischen Medizin und Literatur (1600-1900). Studien und Texte zur Sozialgeschichte der Literatur 117. Tübingen: Niemeyer 2008, 171-187.
  • Kontinentaleuropäisch-englischer Wissenstransfer und das gedruckte Buch in der englischen Renaissance.« Zusammen mit Anja Hill-Zenk. Johann Anselm Steiger et al. (Hg.) Innovation durch Wissenstransfer in der Frühen Neuzeit (Rodopi) (erscheint im Frühjahr 2009)

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